Heres a list of things to consider before applauding how harsh Vick's punishments have been. I know my last blog about this hasnt been too well recieved, but I dont care. How much Vick has had to lose here is wrong, not because hes Mike Vick, but because he's a person, and people have seemed to forget that.
Also, this is not a defense of Vick or dog fighting, but my stating that the punishments here are too much, not just for Vick but for anybody. This is also not supposed to bash the Justice Department, they did thier job is prosecuting Vick, which they should have done because he was operating a criminal enterprise across state lines. I never said he should have gotten off without a scratch, but he should have been given a lighter penalty.
1) Forget Mike Vick for a second. Had an ordinary average joe been convicted of dog fighting they would lose as much as he did. But that person would now be a convicted felon, which they would have to report to every prospective employer. Being a convicted felon also disqualifies a person from any form of government job. Theres a term for this its called FELON DISENFRANCHISEMENT. Some feel its leads to something called RECIDIVISM, which is where a person re-engages in criminal activity after thier release from incarceration. I dont feel dog figthing, actually animal creulity is so serious that it warrants such reprocussions.
2) Vick has no prior felony convictions. Forget the water bottle thing and Ron Mexico because they never ended up in court. This is kind of steep for a first time offender. He plead guilty and turned himself in. Yes he could have actually gotten up to 60 months, but 23 is still very high.
3) When all is said and done Vick will have missed 4 seasons. His comeback is very unlikely. Though its unlikely he'll end up back in a Newport News housing project, his quality of life will be significantly diminished. This is too much for a person to have to endure because of dog fighting.